On August 17, 2016, Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove spent the evening speaking to teens at the 7th Avenue Troy Boys and Girls Club. The District Attorney centered his discussion around issues that affect the youth in our community. He urged those in attendance to focus their energy on positive activities and to be leaders among their peers. The District Attorney’s goal for these forums is to create positive change that will lead to a long term reduction in crime within the community.